Open Educational Resources are educational materials offered freely and openly for anyone to use. They are usually licensed to allow sharing, remixing, or customization. The resources can include textbooks, full courses, course materials, modules, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other resources used to support access to knowledge.
The average student should budget $1240 a year for books and supplies.
64.2% of students have chosen not to purchase a textbook because it was too expensive.
The cost of textbooks have increased 183% over the past 20 years.
The use of Open Educational Resources (OER) can benefit students and instructors. Research has shown that:
At the University of South Carolina, the use of OER and other freely-available materials has saved students $1,588,064 since 2015.